New Advocacy Tool Kit Helps ASMBS State Chapters and Members Improve Patient Access

Posted 7/19/2014

The ASMBS is calling on members and state chapters to join the fight for greater patient access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, and is providing downloadable tools to help them do that.

“No one can afford to sit this one out,” said Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, president of the ASMBS “Bariatric and metabolic surgery is significantly underutilized and everyone, from individuals to organizations, has a responsibility to help tear down the barriers to treatment.”

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Integrated Health Professional Education Committee Spotlight

Posted 6/19/2014

The mission of the Integrated Health Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs with the goal of improving the multidisciplinary care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. As an advocate for education advancement, the committee works to identify needs, professional gaps and barriers IH professionals face, and develop programs that enhance the skills, clinical practices, knowledge and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals….

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June 2014 ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 6/19/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 11, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted formal policy supporting “patient access to the full continuum of care of evidence-based obesity treatment modalities such as behavioral, pharmaceutical, psychosocial, nutritional, and surgical interventions.”

The new policy came about from a joint effort of ASMBS and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), who offered a resolution during this year’s AMA House of Delegates meeting supporting coverage…

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A.M.A. Passes Resolution Calling for Greater Patient Access to Evidence-Based Treatments for Obesity

Posted 6/13/2014

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) believes passage of the “Patient Access to Evidence-Based Obesity Services” resolution by the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician group, will help in the fight to improve patient access to evidence-based obesity treatments including intensive behavioral counseling, FDA-approved obesity drugs and bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Currently, only 22 of 50 states have bariatric surgery listed as a covered benefit within the Affordable Care Act…

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Announcing the Release of MBSAQIP Standards

Posted 5/19/2014

We are pleased to announce the release of the ACS/ASMBS standards for the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We appreciate the time and consideration you gave in reviewing and commenting on the standards as we worked to develop the guiding document for our joint accreditation program.  The ASMBS strongly believes in the value of accreditation in metabolic and bariatric surgery and looks forward to continued advances of this accreditation program as…

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MBSAQIP – Applications Now Being Accepted in the Unified Accreditation Program

Posted 5/19/2014

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted in the unified accreditation program between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as outlined in the Resource Manual Optimal Care for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 standards document. 

New centers (not currently participating in the MBSAQIP) seeking status as a MBSAQIP Accredited…

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May Advocacy Report

Posted 5/1/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 2nd, leaders from the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) participated in another monthly advocacy day — targeting legislators from the Illinois congressional delegation. OCC leaders urged their legislators to support a sign-on letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius — urging the Department to issue guidance similar to what the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined in March for the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan. In that March 20th…

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Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee Spotlight

Posted 4/21/2014

The mission of the IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team, as well as issues related to the individual Integrated Health disciplines. Its goal is to enhance the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care.

connect recently explored the work of the committee with Committee Chair and IHEC Liaison, Pamela Davis, RN, CBN,…

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ASMBS Membership Committee Spotlight

Posted 3/21/2014

ASMBS is more than 4,000 members strong, a reflection of the growing importance of the organization and the value it continually strives to bring to its diverse membership. connect asked ASMBS Membership Committee Chair, John Kelly, MD, chief of General Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, about the work of the committee and what it does to serve current members and attract new ones.

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March ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 3/1/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On March 20, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a letter to all Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program Carriers regarding coverage of FDA-approved obesity drugs and bariatric surgery. In the Carrier letter, OPM stated that:

“It has come to our attention that many FEHB carriers exclude coverage of weight loss medications. Accordingly, we want to clarify that excluding weight loss drugs from FEHB coverage…

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